Yaoundé-Douala Road Now Open to Traffic


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Yaounde-Doula Road: New nozzle buried along the main road in Manyai 68 km from Yaounde carried out by the Government (24th Oct. 2016)

The Yaoundé-Douala Road has from 24th October 2016 been partially open to traffic at Manyai in Matomb Sub Division, 68 km from Yaoundé where the road was cut after a culvert buried along the main road was swept away by heavy rains. The incident happened on the night of 20/21 October 2016 following a heavy downpour.

This completely interrupted the flow of traffic between the administrative capital Yaoundé, and the commercial capital Douala, as well as towns and villages in between. Economic activities have been considerably affected as well, not only for Cameroon but for the most of CEMAC region. It should be noted that Cameroon is strategically placed

Cameroon: Bridge Collapse

Old Photos of the point of collapse due to heavy rains, now repaired.

within the Central African sub-region, as a major reception point for land locked countries like: Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), Republic of Congo and Gabon. Imported goods come through the Cameroon Seaport and are transported through the Cameroonian roads, with the Yaoundé-Douala road being one of the most used.

Hundreds of heavy duty vehicles had been stranded since the 21st of October, unable to go through. The government quickly intervened and announced a diversion from Yaoundé – Otele – Minka – Makak – Eseka then to Boumyebel before travelling to Douala. On top of that, the Minister of Public Works Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi rallied Emergency teams which have been working overnight under his supervision.

Finally a “Metallic Bridge” has been placed at the spot and one lane of the road was open earlier in the day on the 24th of October. However according to experts, as reported by the Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation (CRTV), all the lanes were expected to be effectively opened to traffic at about 6:00pm on the 24th of October.

It should be note that, the Government of Cameroon has been extremely active to make sure that no time was wasted in carrying out repairs and making sure circulation is re-established.

That is why the site has so far been visited by the Minister of Transports, Egard Alain Mebe Ngo’o; The Minister Delegate to the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Jules Doret Ndongo; and the Secretary of State in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Jean Baptiste Bokam.

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